Types of Baby Kicks, Learning About Your Baby (Facts) and Things You Should Do In The Third Trimester
I have been writing this blog post for some time now, I keep adding to it whenever I come across a great fact! Hopefully you will find this post interesting ans also beneficial if you or someone you know is pregnant. Feel free to send them to link to my website!
✩ 12 Different Types of Baby Kicks ✩
By the time you reach the middle of trimester two your baby should be making a routine for itself. This is important to take note of because these movements should remain similar right up until the day you give birth.
The Kicks Count Charity is really useful for anyone who wants to know more about how their baby should be moving during their pregnancy.
Remember that taking a five minute time out every couple of hours to sit or lie down and just focus on feeling your baby is a good idea.
Doctors recommend that healthy movements are around 10 an hour for a baby between trimester two and birth. This varies with all mothers and babies and some move more at different times of the day. But monitoring what is normal for you and your baby is extremely important. If you don’t feel any movements for a few hours contact your midwife – don’t leave it until the next day!
Here are some cool facts about the different kinds of baby kicks you should feel.
✩ Flutters – The First Feelings – Similar to Trapped Gas
✩ Tapping or Butterfly Wings – It feels very light but if you focus you can feel it
✩ Kicks – You know when you’ve been kicked & the force only gets stronger
✩ Punches – Punches feel different to Kicks – you will learn the difference trust me
✩ Rolling – Looks like a Ripple across your skin – usually caused by Babies Bum during a turn
✩ Squirming – Baby is running out of Room and Wriggles a lot instead of Kicks
✩ Bubbles – this tickling feeling and popping can be Baby blowing Bubbles of Amniotic Fluid – cheeky!
✩ Hiccups – A rhythmic tapping or popping that goes on for a minute or so…
✩ Spasm like Feelings – Baby makes a Rapid Movement and you will know about it from the force!
✩ Nudges – Usually in Third Trimester – You’re getting Elbowed! Not much room to kick out!
✩ Pressure – The final new feeling will be the pressure of babies head as they descend down ready for birth…
✩ Third Trimester Feelings ✩
So as the due date for our baby is fast approaching I thought I would share some knowledge with you all that I came across this past month or so, and I found these facts really interesting and wanted to pass them on.
I have been relatively well in my second trimester, and really enjoyed being pregnant at this stage but it’s gone by all too fast. Now that I am well into the third however I am feeling a lot more tired, lack of sleep has a lot to do with that because I’m suffering with my hips (SPD) and it can be very painful at times. Always aim to lay on your left side!
My advice to any of you at this stage is to keep active. I have only finished work (full time on my feet) as of three weeks from my due date week but I have had a lot to do at home. Do a bit and Rest a bit, is my new motto!
Here are some great facts!
✩ Interesting Third Trimester Facts ✩
✩ Doctors class 28 weeks gestation and onwards as the third trimester. At this stage your baby will be as big as a Canteloupe Melon and weigh around 2 pounds!
✩ Make sure (if you don’t already do so) that you always sleep on your left hand side of your body from now, it’s so important for your blood flow and reducing the risks to the baby!
✩ Your partner might be able to hear the babies heartbeat from now on, in a quiet space get them to gently press an ear to your bump (where you think babies body is) and listen closely…
✩ At around 28/29 weeks gestation your baby will be able to smell the same things that you smell!
✩ During this stage of Pregnancy your baby will receive all the essential nutrients that it needs from the food you have eaten, it gets this first at your Digestion, and you just end up with the leftovers baby doesn’t require. Therefore it’s always important to make sure you’re getting the right minerals and vitamins from your food and (if you need it) a Pregnancy supplement.
✩ Some women suffer with Constipation at this point of Pregnancy. Eat High Fibre Cereals as well as wholegrain or wholewheat products. Broccoli and Cauliflower are also very good for you too!
✩ Don’t forget to drink plenty of Water! Pregnant women should aim for between 2 and 3 litres a day, closer to 3 if they can on warmer days.
✩ Did you know that what you eat now can determine what baby may eat at the stage of weaning? By consuming a varied diet which includes a variety of spices, herbs and strong tastes, this can help your baby when they begin eating solid foods later in their life. Baby should recognise Garlic for example, if you ate a lot of it while you were pregnant. Fascinating stuff!
✩ You are now using an extra 900-1000 kilo-joules of energy each and every day just to fuel that baby growing you’re doing! That is why women in the third trimester need around 250 extra calories a day added to their diet. I recommend full fat yoghurt as a snack with some fruit, and an extra bowl of cereal for how I get mine most days.
✩ Did you know that during the third trimester you should be able to feel when your baby has the hiccups? It will feel like a rhythmic tapping or popping feeling and often lasts a couple of minutes at a time.
✩ After around week 34 of pregnancy your baby can put on around half a pound of weight per week.
✩ At around week 35 your “Nesting” instincts might kick in. (For me it was even earlier!) So don’t worry if you feel the need to clean and tidy up a lot!
✩ Only 5% of Babies are born on their actual due date! Bare this in mind when booking time off work!
✩ Things To Do In The Third Trimester ✩
✩ Make Some Time For Yourself and Partner
✩ Do Something You Won’t Be Able To Do When Baby Arrives – Like Watch That Movie
✩ Read To Your Baby (See my other Pregnancy blog posts about this)
✩ In the final weeks of pregnancy you might want to consider some batch or bulk cooking, or at least filling up your cupboards.
✩ Stay Active! Short steady walks or Swims are really beneficial.
✩ Drink more Water! And eat more Vegetables!
✩ Consider looking into your Birth Plan, Pain Relief Options, Nursery Ideas and Baby Names! (if you haven’t already!)
I hope you have enjoyed reading this lifestyle and pregnancy post today. There will be many more coming up and different ones once my baby arrives too! Thanks for reading Severn Wishes today.
✩ Sabrina ✩